I rarely get into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, because there is little that can be constructively done about their influence at this time. However, it is important for all of us to at least be aware of their existence and the extent of their influence. I found this article from a blog called the August Review, which takes an unusually common-sense approach to this subject. The article agrees with previous reading I have done on the subject.
The article gives a good introduction to the Trilateral Commission, in particular; identifying its members in 1979 and at present; and discusses its role in U.S. policy. While it is highly readable, its content would be difficult to summarize here, so I will simply recommend that you check it out.
Another virtual buckeye to Andrew Scott McCleese via Facebook.